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Hail...excuse me...Hale...Hydra

How do you follow up an incredible Fitz episode which reveals the dark side of Fitz? With Hydra Hogwarts of course. We get the backstory on General Hale and it ties everything together. We find out how Hydra trained young kids to grow up to infiltrate not only SHIELD but all other parts of government. We find out the terrible choice Hale was given (I mean its still Hydra) and why she wants Coulson to help her join Hydra and SHIELD. We even get to find out what happened to Talbot (damn it, they made me start to care about him).

And this is all before we get Daisy confronting Fitz and Fitz not apologizing for a damn thing (and dropping his own heat). THIS SHOW IS SO DAMN GOOD!

Coulson uncovers General Hale's real agenda and it could be the end of the world if S.H.I.E.L.D. can't stop her.

Marvel and Stitcher Premium have released a 10-episode scripted series called Wolverine: The Long Night.  It’s Marvel’s first serious foray into podcasting. Just go to Stitcher.com/Premium and use the code 'TUESDAY' to get a free month of Stitcher Premium to enjoy not only Wolverine: The Long Night but also ad-free listening and bonus episodes from other podcasts. 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:20pm EDT

On it's own, this episode is a great send off for Willa Holland's Thea Queen. We get Roy & Thea suiting up (the former wearing a baseball cap that sets Dpalm off) and the return of Katrina Law's Nyssa al Ghul. This completes Thea's arc and also sets us up for a return in later seasons (along with maybe a return of one Malcolm Merlyn). But there were some small annoyances with other aspects of the episode:

  • Roy's hat (it's small but a hilarious thing)
  • Dragging out Diggle & Oliver talking about Oliver being back in the hood (ITS CAUSE YOU'RE NOT GOOD ENOUGH DIGGLE!)
  • The whole "is the Captain dirty or is she not?" thing. We already knew she was, stop treating the viewers like we're kids

Overall though, we enjoyed the episode for what it was: A goodbye to a character with a great arc.

Nyssa al Ghul returns to Star City to let Thea know that a group of renegade League of Assassins members are planning to attack her.

Marvel and Stitcher Premium have released a 10-episode scripted series called Wolverine: The Long Night.  It’s Marvel’s first serious foray into podcasting. Just go to Stitcher.com/Premium and use the code 'TUESDAY' to get a free month of Stitcher Premium to enjoy not only Wolverine: The Long Night but also ad-free listening and bonus episodes from other podcasts. 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:21am EDT

It's the end of March (Is it just us or is 2018 flying by?) so that means, it's Mailbag Time. Kriss & Dpalm take listener emails, discuss topics in the news and go over their comic Pull List for the month. Normally, the episodes starts right off the top with emails, but this time, Kriss talks about the idiotic "ComicsGate" fools and the misconception that "The comic book industry isn't selling anymore". 

Also, Kriss & Dpalm have some fun by casting their own Justice League movie and giving their high level pitch of what the film would be. You're not going to want to miss this episode.

Topics:

  • Emails
    • Pick a X-Men team for a story set in space
    • Black Panther breaks records
    • Are we done with Marvel's Netflix shows?
  • News
    • Fox delays New Mutants & X-Men: Dark Phoenix
    • Captain Marvel starts production
    • Should Disney launch Secret Warriors on their streaming service?
  • Topic of the Show:
    • Who would we cast for a Justice League film? What team would we pick? What's the story?
  • Pull-List (What we were reading this month)

Marvel and Stitcher Premium have released a 10-episode scripted series called Wolverine: The Long Night.  It’s Marvel’s first serious foray into podcasting. Just go to Stitcher.com/Premium and use the code 'TUESDAY' to get a free month of Stitcher Premium to enjoy not only Wolverine: The Long Night but also ad-free listening and bonus episodes from other podcasts. 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 9:02am EDT

Didn't see that coming. Five season in and Agents of Shield is still keeping us on our toes. I mean sure we knew that Fitz was struggling to come to terms with the darkness inside of him but to see him finally give in? Man...it kinda hurts. But it also makes sense when we think of all the stress and hardships that Fitz has been through. But will Daisy and Mack forgive him? That remains to be seen. Oh and Coulson gets even more reckless and goes off with General Hale and somehow that's not the biggest story here. 

Kriss and Dpalm break down this excellent episode that might be one of the best of the series.

Fitz and Simmons are faced with one of their greatest fears as they search for a way to seal the rift.

Marvel and Stitcher Premium have released a 10-episode scripted series called Wolverine: The Long Night.  It’s Marvel’s first serious foray into podcasting. Just go to Stitcher.com/Premium and use the code 'TUESDAY' to get a free month of Stitcher Premium to enjoy not only Wolverine: The Long Night but also ad-free listening and bonus episodes from other podcasts. 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:33pm EDT

In this episode Jennifer confronts her family for their lies of omission (Yes Lynne, omitting something is still a form of lying), Lynne goes full Black mom on her when she tries to catch an attitude, and Gambi runs a parallel investigation to Jefferson and Anissa.  Henderson finally gets out of his feelings and does some decent detective work (well...decent for him anyway).

This is an episode that was a bit of a drag for us.  The family dynamic is off for some reason compared to the beginning of the season.  Their angst doesn't feel earnest and we are found ourselves viewing the arguments/discussions as forced and written for television instead of organic the way they were at the beginning of the season.

 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT

Pacific Rim Uprising had one job: Follow up the 2013 film with a bit more action and a more dynamic lead. That's it. And on the surface, it does that. On the surface, the action in Pacific Rim Uprising is better than the original. And John Boyega can act circles around Charlie Hunnam. Yet this film then decides to add in a bunch of character it never develops and a convoluted plot that drags everything down.

Listen as Kriss & Phenom break down what went wrong (spoiler-free).

Direct download: Pacific_Rim_Uprising_Review.m4a
Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:01am EDT

Legends of Tomorrow continues to be the best show in the Arrowverse. This episode brings back Matt Ryan's Constantine (who is rumored to be a show regular next season) and does a great job of mixing seriousness with humor. We discuss what works really well this episode and why this show handles its large cast so much better than other shows.

When Mallus' power over Sara resurfaces, she unwittingly becomes the bearer of one of the Totems. Rory must conquer his dark side in order to wield his own Totem power to help save the crew. Meanwhile, Agent Sharpe notices that something is wrong and recruits someone unorthodox to help.

Marvel and Stitcher Premium have released a 10-episode scripted series called Wolverine: The Long Night.  It’s Marvel’s first serious foray into podcasting. Just go to Stitcher.com/Premium and use the code 'TUESDAY' to get a free month of Stitcher Premium to enjoy not only Wolverine: The Long Night but also ad-free listening and bonus episodes from other podcasts. 


Kriss & Dpalm review this week's episode of Agents of SHIELD, Principia. The last two episodes have made us want to go back and watch the previous seasons, particularly Season 3. We had to go back and remind ourselves just what happened with Werner von Strucker in that third season because he's been brought in Season 5. This is all adding fuel to the fire of our Franklin Hall (Graviton) theory. It also makes us wonder who else might show up. What if Daisy never gets her powers back but everyone just thinks she does? Could we get Eden? What is General Hale really up to and is she Leviathan? So many questions and we still have a lot of episodes to give us answers. Oh and Deke realizing Fitz & Simmons are his grandparents is hilarious.

The team goes in search of Gravitonium in order to save the world.

Marvel and Stitcher Premium have released a 10-episode scripted series called Wolverine: The Long Night.  It’s Marvel’s first serious foray into podcasting. Just go to Stitcher.com/Premium and use the code 'TUESDAY' to get a free month of Stitcher Premium to enjoy not only Wolverine: The Long Night but also ad-free listening and bonus episodes from other podcasts. 

Direct download: Agents_of_Shield_Season_5x13_Review_Principia.m4a
Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 2:50pm EDT

This week we learn that Freeland is basically what happens when the government doesn't get checked about the Tuskegee Experiments.  Jefferson and Gambi break up, Anissa trains and saves her father, and Jennifer's powers finally manifest in the lamest way imaginable.

Gambi tells a believable story, but we aren't sure if it is true or revisionist history.  Also, Latavius comes back and gives us the refresh to the series we needed with his conversations with LaWanda and the hilarious reactions of the people around him to those conversations.   We also discuss the DCEU's most recent announcement...although we don't hedge bets on how long that news will be accurate cause...well, it IS the DCEU (where are we with that Flash movie again?)

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:55pm EDT

Kriss & Phenom review the movie adaptation of a video game, Tomb Raider. Before we get into the meat of the review of this movie, we discuss the current state of films based off video games and just how terrible they are. It's really really bad. Thankfully, Tomb Raider is a huge step in the right direction. Yes it's flawed and has issues. It takes way too long to get into actual Tomb Raider-type things but it's clearly an origin film that's trying to reintroduce the character of Lara Croft to the general audiences.

We also end with a discussion on why its important for film critics to take into account the audience of the film and why sometimes it's okay to not review a film. Also why discussions about films can give a better view of how good a film is versus just reading a quickly put together written review.

Direct download: Tomb_Raider_Review.m4a
Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 5:29am EDT